Joint Innovation Hub Heilbronn

As part of its collaboration with the non-profit Dieter Schwarz Foundation, Fraunhofer ISI has established a new research group at the Bildungscampus in Heilbronn, effective January 1, 2023.


Our new research group "Joint Innovation Hub Heilbronn" (in short: "JIH-Heilbronn") is harmoniously embedded in the fertile innovation ecosystem in Heilbronn and has a particular impact on the Heilbronn-Franken region with its services. The focus is on systemic innovation and technology management in the research fields of innovation, digitalization and artificial intelligence as well as sustainability.

Through our holistic perspective on the major challenges of our time and the specific needs of regional stakeholders, we support actors from business, science, educational institutions, society and politics along the entire innovation process from early signal to impact measurement. This includes the anticipation of, preparation for, and co-design of relevant technological, economic, and social trends, the rapid and demand-driven development of innovation ideas, prototypes, and business models, especially in innovation ecosystems, and the effective transformation of organizations in terms of strategy, structure, and culture.

In order to achieve the overarching goal of increasing regional innovative strength, the JIH-Heilbronn creates space for the emergence of innovations that are often random and unplanned ("serendipity"). To this end, the JIH-Heilbronn offers novel meeting formats, such as the planned future lab Metaverse-Lab. It supports stakeholders in building the capacity to think openly in alternative futures and to successfully follow new paths to desirable futures ("futures literacy"). To this end, it pursues an open innovation approach ("Open Innovation") that best balances the development of new fields of activity ("Exploration") with the exploitation of existing fields of activity ("Exploitation"). The new research group develops needs-based solutions and is characterized by its strong interaction orientation, its strong application focus and its long-term interpretation of the collaboration.

We look forward to hearing from you if you, too, are facing or in the midst of a transformation towards digitalization and sustainability and are looking for orientation and design options in relevant future fields such as artificial intelligence, the circular economy or the metaverse. 


Your contact

Dr.-Ing. Daniel Duwe
Head of Team Joint Innovation Hub Heilbronn
Bildungscampus 9, 74076 Heilbronn, Germany